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The Biological Sciences Department offers research opportunities for qualified undergraduate students - a distinct departure from most colleges where such opportunities are reserved for graduate students.

Students with a strong academic record and an interest in research are encouraged to work with one or more of the faculty on selected laboratory projects. Old Westbury students work on the cutting edge of science. They become familiar with state-of-the-art instrumentation and computer technology. They visit with invited lecturers. They present the results of their own research at statewide, national and international conferences.

Several students have conducted research in countries such as France, Italy and China through our Fogarty International Research Program. Summer internships are also available in neighboring corporations and laboratories.

The following topics represent some of the research interests of the Biological Sciences faculty:

  • Neuro- and immunotoxicology
  • Microbiale ecology and biodeterioriation
  • Women's health
  • International health care systems
  • Immune and central nervous systems interactions
  • Neurobiology
  • Opiod neurobiological mechanisms
  • Neuroimmunology of invertebrates

The SUNY Neuroscience Research Institute

To advance research into the cellular and molecular neural processes concerned with opiate and opioid signaling and to provide research training and opportunities for students to learn advanced laboratory and research skills, Distinguished Teaching Professor George Stefano led the College to develop the SUNY Neuroscience Research Institute.

In addition to the scientific findings and technical education provided through its work, SUNYNRI works to provide incentives for its students to continue their education in the field of research. To support its efforts, SUNYNRI has received funding from The National Institute of Mental Health, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH - Fogarty International Center, Mind/Body Medical Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lifewaves International, and Cell Dynamics Incorporated.

For more information about SUNYNRI, click here.


Did You Know?

Seniors, Kacey-Ann Thompson and Emmanuel Konde of the Biological Sciences Department, earned recognition at the 14th annual New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference.

More than 22% percent of Old Westbury's professors have earned among SUNY's highest honors - the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor, Distinguished Service Professor or Chancellor's Award for Excellence in teaching and service.

35 Old Westbury students gave up their traditional Spring Break rituals in 2006 and instead volunteered their time and effort in New Orleans to aid recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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